Saturday 16 February 2019


RiverPalooza - American Indian Paddle - Potomac Riverkeeper
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06.23.2018 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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This amazing NEW RiverPalooza 2018 trip is a partnership between Potomac Riverkeeper Network, the Piscataway Kanoi Tribe, and Atlantic Kayak Company. We are honored to have leaders of the Piscataway Kanoi Tribe provide a pre-paddle cultural history presentation, then guide and provide interpretation of cultural resources along our one-way 3-mile circular paddle starting at the Mattawoman Creek Education Center. Atlantic Kayak owner and naturalist Judy Lathrop, who has a passion for culture and history, will also provide interpretive and ecological education throughout the entire program.

The Mattawoman Creek was home to the Mattawoman people, also known as Mataughquamend, who are one of several tribal entities that form the Piscataway Kanoi Confederacy along the “Potomak” who paid homage to the Tayac at Piscataway. They maintained their community, village, and home site on the Mataughquamend and at the mouth on both banks of the Potomak, and thus was considered a metropolis. This section of the Potomac is connected to national trail routes, including the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. State and federal agencies have consistently characterized the Mattawoman watershed as exceptional in terms of its biodiversity and biological productivity. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has noted the creek’s abundant underwater grasses. It is also home to more than 50 species of fish, as well as mussels, The Piscataway paddle begins with an educational lecture by people of the Piscataway Kanoi Tribe.wood ducks, and bald eagles. Its extensive wetlands and forest help support one of the healthiest food webs in the Chesapeake Bay.

Following your river excursion, you can spend time at the Mattawoman Creek Education Center, which has numerous aquariums so you can observe fish and other critters from Mattawoman Creek, close-up and personal! They also have exhibits on fossils, birds, skulls, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. Come help your Potomac Riverkeeper and partners celebrate Mattawoman Creek and emphasize the importance of protecting its clean waters!